Headless Horse wrote:CMCs working as journalists? Diamond Tiara diving headlong into her role as the ruthless, unscrupulous newspaper boss?
I'm not really seeing how this is out of character.
Headless Horse wrote:I can sort of buy it on the grounds that it's a school newspaper, which gives it leeway to ape the narrative elements of a grown-up journalism story because kids' newspapers by their nature act as parodies of the real thing anyway, right down to the roles they play in the newsroom (or so we're led to believe). Anything that treads too close to being implausibly "adult" can be passed off as the kids just getting into their roles too much.
Yes that is the joke.
Headless Horse wrote:But I worry that it sets a dangerous precedent. Unrestrained OOC-ness is one of the things that transformed the Simpsons from a family comedy to a generic "make fun of everything in society" ensemble show, casting key roles using the stable of well-known characters, like the whole show had become a bunch of great big Treehouse of Horror episodes without the obvious tongue-in-cheek premise. South Park got the same way too, with these fourth-grade kids taking on fundamentally "adult" roles you just can't buy into, for the sake of a story that otherwise would have required a whole different set of characters and a different setting, which may as well have made it a different show altogether.
Headless Horse wrote:Having the Mane 6 in there, being themselves—and in some cases being less grown-up about having a gossip column around than the CMCs are—is what saves the concept here. If it weren't for them, I don't know if I could have suspended my disbelief for the whole half-hour, swallowing that these ten-year-old kids were upending the harmony of Ponyville with their silly little elementary school paper that seems to have been conceived with infrastructure to serve a circulation of hundreds.
So you can buy magical sentient ponies having funny adventures and learning about friendship in a fantasy world but not some pony kids' newspaper in that world upsetting an entire town with gossip?
Headless Horse wrote:But I don't like thinking that future episodes might take this one as an excuse to go further down this road, having the CMCs become movie stars or The Be Sharps or something, or reenacting some well-known movie script by doling out its roles to the Mane 6 ponies according to whoever seems to fit most closely. (In fact, that's what's got me a little bit concerned about next week's episode.)
CMCs trying to be movie stars sounds like it would be a pretty good plot idea actually.